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Dak Prescott isn’t a father.
Tuesday’s horrific mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, however, left the Dallas Cowboys quarterback scared to even become a parent, let alone send his kids off to school one day.
“Honestly, it makes me fearful to have children,” Prescott said Wednesday after practice, . “And that’s not right. That’s sad. …. I don’t care if you’re an athlete or not. We’re talking about children. We’re talking about the future. I mean, I don’t have kids and can’t imagine having to send my kid to school with that anxiety.”
Prescott is far from alone. The sports world, like the rest of the country, was reeling on Tuesday after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
The entire Dallas Cowboys organization grieves alongside the community of Uvalde and all of those affected by today’s tragic event. As we mourn the loss of innocent life, our hearts and prayers are with the victims’ families, loved ones, faculty and staff of Robb Elementary.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 24, 2022
An 18-year-old gunman killed at least 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde — which sits about 90 minutes west of San Antonio — . The shooting was the deadliest at a school in the United States since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut nearly a decade ago.
The shooting was just the latest in the United States in recent days, and was the 15th mass shooting in the country since 10 people were killed at a Buffalo grocery store 10 days earlier. , that’s an average of 1.5 mass shootings per day.
Many of the victims in Uvalde were fourth grade students, which is the same grade that Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy’s daughter is currently finishing. McCarthy, understandably, was extremely emotional when talking about the shooting on Wednesday.